US-Ukraine Business Council

Abbott Laboratories; Cisco; DLA Piper; Mary Kay; System Capital Management; TNK-BP; Winner Automotive Group
U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC)
Washington, D.C., Monday, December 5, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Seven companies in Ukraine were honored for their best practices in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), addressing social challenges in Ukraine, at the Business Leadership Roundtable and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards Luncheon held during Ukraine's 20th Anniversary of Independence Gala events in Washington, D.C., at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, on Thursday, December 1, 2011.

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awards were given by the 20th Anniversary of Independence Day Gala's Organizational Host Committee to raise awareness about the best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices in Ukraine. The CSR awards recognized corporate commitments in such fields as business citizenship, community investment, the environment, economic and humanitarian development.

The seven companies in Ukraine receiving Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awards at the luncheon in Washington, D.C. were:

  • Abbott Laboratories S.A. Ukraine;
  • Cisco Ukraine;
  • DLA Piper Ukraine LLC; award accepted by Oleksandr Kurdydyk, Partner, and Natalia Kochergina, Partner, DLA Piper Ukraine LLC
  • Mary Kay, Ltd, Ukraine; award accepted by Kerry Tassopoulos, Vice President, Government Relations & Compliance, Mary Kay
  • System Capital Management (SCM); award accepted by Jock Mendoza-Wilson, Director, International & Investor Relations, SCM
  • TNK-BP Commerce; award accepted by Vladimir Zhmak, Executive Director, and Nicholas Tymoshchuk, Director, International Government Affairs, TNK-BP Commerce
  • Winner Automotive Group; award accepted by John Hynansky, Chairman, Winner Auto Group and Bohdan Kulchyckyj, General Director, Winner Imports, Ukraine

The seven CSR corporate awards were announced by Morgan Williams, Director, Government Affairs, Washington Office, SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Investment Firm; President, U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC),, who served as moderator for the CSR Awards Luncheon.

The awards were given to each company by Nadia McConnell, President, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF), USUF President McConnell thanked all the companies for their important and effective CSR work in Ukraine and urged them to continue and expand their CSR work. USUF and USUBC were two of the major sponsors of the 20th Independence Day Gala's Organizational Host Committee.

The keynote speaker for the CSR Awards Luncheon was Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S.Department of State, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. Ambassador Pascual outlined the important of Ukraine to the United States and the U.S. commitment to a strong partnership with Ukraine.

Ambassador Pascual also spoke about the major energy related issues found in Ukraine today including the need for huge capital investments. He urged the government of Ukraine to work in closer contractual partnership with international energy companies to increase the domestic production of energy.

Also speaking at the awards luncheon was Maryna Saprykina, Executive Director, Centre of CSR Development, Ukraine, The Centre works to raise the awareness of CSR in Ukraine, improve CSR skills and programs, and create a favorable environment for CSR practices. The Centre's mission to implement systematic changes for the development of corporate social responsibility in Ukraine .

The CSR Centre is the leading expert organization in Ukraine that does not only implements projects required by the Ukrainian business, but also helps companies to develop CSR strategies and prepare non-financial reports. They cooperate with international experts from 20 countries.

Maryna Saprykina stated, "Ukraine's transition to a stable economic development, its integration into the European and global communities, require new practices of cooperation between the state and business, as was as business and society, which would make it possible to enhance the mutual responsibility of all those participating in social life and to produce a new environment for the future stable development of the state and society, taking into account the widest possible interests.

"CSR in Ukraine is in the formative stage. The most active entities in this area include, first and foremost, the representative offices of international companies, which introduce new global practices, principles and standards to Ukrainian society, as well as the largest Ukrainian companies. The number of companies in Ukraine that believe that business should take an active part in resolving social and environmental problems has increased twofold - from 32.7% in 2005 to 68% in 2010.

"Today, the "corporate social responsibility" (CSR) concept is widely implemented in the economically most developed countries of the world. It is perceived as "a concept under which companies integrate social and environmental matters into their commercial activities and their cooperation with the interested parties on a voluntary basis."

"Thus, CSR is a voluntary activity of private and public companies aimed at following the high standards of operational and manufacturing activities, social standards and quality of work with personnel, minimizing harmful impact on the environment, etc., in order to level the existing economic, social disparities, create trustful relations between business, society and the state. At present CSR of business is a common rule followed by most large, medium-sized and small companies in the world.

NOTE: The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) was one of the major partners/sponsors in the Organizational Host Committee organizing Ukraine's 20th Anniversary of Independence Gala in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, December 1, 2011. Over 90% of the people of Ukraine voted for Independence on December 1, 1991. Over 500 people attended the Gala banquet on Thursday evening at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

20th INDEPENDNCE DAY GALA SPONSORS: The following USUBC members were sponsors of the 20th Independence Day Gala events in Washington, D..C. on Thursday, December 1, 2011: TNK-BP; Winner Automotive; Coca-Cola; Chopivsky Family Foundation; System Capital Management (SCM); Vanco; ExxonMobil; SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Management Firm; AeroSvit; Ukrainian Federation of America; AES; Baker & McKenzie; DLA Piper; Mary Kay; Self Reliance of New York Federal Credit Union; Ukrainian American Coordinating Council; Raytheon; Kraft Foods; Louis Dreyfus Commodities; CHS; First International Rescues; The Giles Legal Practice; Lilly; Ukraine International Airlines; Holtec International; U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) and Case New Holland (CNH).




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